Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sisters, Sisters

If you don't understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.             ~Linda Sunshine

Here's a recap of Girls Nite Out for those of you who weren't able to be with us.  We missed you!!!

Friday afternoon we met  to start our annual Girls Nite Out.  This year's celebration was pretty spontaneous since I didn't decide to go to Utah until a few weeks ago--thanks to everyone for being such good sports about it!

We started our afternoon with a late lunch at PF Changs, which has become a tradition.  First we had yummy lettuce wraps,  

then all sorts of good food, 

and of course we finished with "The Great Wall of Chocolate."

While we waited for our food Laila and Amber played a game they had been planning, called "What's in Your Purse."  For a while we thought that Amber would win, with 5 sharpies and a large handful of assorted pens and pencils.  The undies definitely put her over the top.

But Laila pulled it out at the last minute, with this moldy contribution that she can only assume used to be a pea.  (A snack for her Josh.)

All I could say was that I was happy to be carrying a little purse that can't hold much more than my wallet, cell phone, and purse cam!

We left a big tip for our waiter, who was nice enough to take a picture for us and to dispose of the pea thing.  Ugh.  Andra and Laila practiced their origami on the tip.

When we left the restaurant I was able to take a picture showing the truth of Laila's explanation of spring in Utah.  She says,
Spring in Utah is winter plus summer.  Winter one day, summer the next day, and both winter and summer the next.
Amen, sister, is all I can say to that.  When I left the restaurant I took a picture to the west,

And to the east.  Seriously, I didn't move at all.  Just turned and faced the other direction.

The weather is insane!

As we were leaving the mall we saw an interesting fashion statement, and fortunately I was able to whip out the purse cam in time to record it.  For my posterity.  So that they know What Not to Wear.

(PS.  If you know this woman, don't tell her that her picture is on my blog.  
But you may want to ask her where she gets her socks.)

After lunch we went and got massages at the massage school.  The massage school is always a little bit of a gamble.  The last time we went there, a couple of years ago, I didn't get much of a massage.  This time I'm pleased to report that my massage experience was terrific.  If I lived in Provo I'd go visit that girl once a week!

Usually we stay in Park City for girls night, but because we were so much earlier in the season the rates aren't down there yet, and so we stayed at a different hotel.  The location was convenient, but the hot tub was over chlorinated and made our eyes sting.  :(  There was also the small problem that when I thought I was grabbing my tankini top out of the bathing suit box, what I really got was this.

And no, I'm not posting a picture of the tshirt I wore instead!

Our Saturday fun included a very late breakfast at IHOP (delicious as always, except for the dirty glass), shopping at Kohls where Laila and Jenny tried on these pants

 and a trip to the nail salon at Walmart for pedicures.

Our toes were very happy.  (Except for Jenny's.  Sorry about that!)

After all of that fun was done we went back to Laila's house where we were met by all of the husbands and dad.  We had dinner and sat around talking while the kids played and we ignored them.  Well...except for baby Kayla.  Who could ignore her?!?

Emily was nice enough to let me hold her for a long time, and she was so much fun.  Especially when she fell asleep all snuggled against me.  Other peoples' babies are so much fun!

We finished up the evening with a big chocolate cake for Jenny's birthday.

I always have so much fun with my sisters, and I am always so grateful that my brothers have married such wonderful women.  Thank you all for coming and playing with me.  I love you all!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Girls Night Out Ideas

Hey all,
I think that after 6 years of being in the Fam its time for the "new girl" to speak up and push the elevator button.

Pedicures are nice...massages are ok if you are into strangers touching you (not really my thing) but after a few years I was thinking we should mix it up a bit.

2 words...


I personally think it would be hilarious to see you all running around shooting lasers. Jenny would no doubt kick my bum. Or if that doesn't sound fun....
how about...
ice cream
air hockey
more ice cream
fuse ball
go karts....not those crazy ones Sam likes where you have to wear a helmet and neck brace..my arms hurt afterwords. .. normal ones.
mini golf
movie - (not terribly exciting but i haven't been to a movie in forever!)

Woot? :D

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Before and after "Thriller" dress

Just had to show the finished product

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What the Young Womens Leaders do

So, I just had to post this. Our Young Men and Women are having a "Lip Sync" activity tomorrow night. I guess they did it last year and really wanted to do it again. The bishopric, YW and YM leaders all try to do a skit. So, as I am the 1st counselor in the YW's we are doing Michael Jackson's Thriller dance video. I decided to go to DI in order to find some clothes that I could use for my costume. I have a long black wig from Halloween, so I decided I wanted to dress like a girl. I looked and looked through the dresses and found this following beauty.

I am so excited to cut it up and use it to look the part!

Oh and I know this isn't something we will Lip Sync to, but the bishop is going to dress like Michael at the end and do a little song and dance!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Only yesterday, I would pile 4 little boys into the bath tub. One in a chair with sticky feet to prevent him from toppling over into the sudsy water. One by one, I would wet their small heads of hair, then follow with a fragrant dollop of soap that was guaranteed to not cause them pain. After washing each head of hair, I would encourage them to stand and wash their bellies, their arms, and their feet. Hoping that one day, they would become responsible for these tasks, and that I would be free of the lingering backache that came with washing so many children at once. The bath time ritual was never complete without the rinse. The spray of water from the removable shower attachment, eliciting screams of anger, pain, and from the sounds - eminent death. Then on to the toweling dry, the gritting of my teeth in hopes that I could get them dressed, teeth brushed and flossed, and into bed without losing my mind, my sanity, or my temper.
And today, I washed only 3 boys in the tub. One has fled to modestly shower in the bathroom down the hall. And none sit in the chair with sticky feet. I begin to see that my future is changing. Possibly more quickly than I will be ready to let it go. What ever will I do when there is no one left for me to bathe in the tub. No reason to use tear free shampoo? No little people to wrap in a towel and hug until they begin to squrim?
Today, I will be grateful for those 3 heads of hair. For all of those fingers and toes. For the dirty ring around the tub after the water drains down - signifying the wonderful day spent playing outside.
Today, I will enjoy bathing those little boys.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Last (Grant) Watson

Time to see if Sage's boys are as pretty as Sage's girls. One Watson boy, on the way. I'm not Facebooking this because Sage will tell her family before I tell her family. While I would have been just as happy with another little girl, I'm not at all disappointed with this news. I would like to be here for the first year, but the unanticipated absence is a part of the job. Besides, I'll take what I can get.